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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to thirty-four additional cases of COVID-19 associated with Twin City Foods, Inc. On May 8, the IMT quickly implemented mass testing for all employees of Twin City Foods. The additional positive cases mean that over twenty percent of Twin City Foods employees are positive for COVID-19. Roughly 20 cases are still pending from that mass testing.
Twin City Foods Inc. will be closed for an additional ten days and will continue to work closely with the IMT. Our IMT is working with individuals to ensure they can safely isolate at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are also working with any employee who did not receive testing. Employees who do not receiving testing cannot go back to work until the completion of a 14-day quarantine.
The IMT is prepared and is responding to the additional positive cases. We have implemented our plans of mass testing, isolation and quarantine, and contact tracing. “We are handling this response,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “We have not exceeded our capacity to respond to this situation.”
Kittitas County’s application for the Phase 2 variance continues to be on hold. We anticipate more information on Monday, May 11 to provide regarding the status of that application. The IMT will continue to send out daily press releases regarding the status of the variance. “In the meantime, we will continue to work our hardest,” states Dr. Larson. “We have numerous agencies, partners, and volunteers, who are working as hard as they can to keep our county safe.”
General questions can be answered via the Emergency Operation Center at 509-933-8315 or 509-933-8305 Monday through Friday. Information is available via the county website and the Kittitas County Public Health Department Facebook page.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.